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Bystander Saves 8 Year Old during Baseball Game

Posted by cocreator on January 08, 2014
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An 8-year-old New Jersey boy who was hit in the chest by a baseball during a third base steal attempt is recovering and can return to the field in two weeks.

Ian McGreevy was struck Saturday as the catcher on the opposing team tried to throw him out.

“I was stealing third base and when I slid, it hit me in the heart,” he said.

He got up after he was hit, but quickly fell back to the ground. A mom who was watching her son play on the other team, the aptly named Harrington Park Angels, ran over to help.

“I just saw this beautiful child on the ground, his eyes were wide open, his lips were turning a little blue,” Maureen Renaghan told The Record . “I put my hand on his chest, and I didn’t feel anything.”

Renaghan began performing CPR on McGreevy, and by the fourth time she blew air into his mouth, she felt a heartbeat, she told The Record. He choked, turned over and threw up, she said.

He didn’t remember what happened, but he did recall his name and where he lived, Renaghan said.

When paramedics arrived, the boy was fully conscious.

The Yankees fan told NBC 4 New York on Monday that he wished he could return to playing immediately, but his mom and doctors say he has to wait two weeks.

Police Chief Albert Maalouf told The Record McGreevy had appeared to have gone into cardiac arrest, and authorities were told he had stopped breathing for up to a minute.

“You hear about people talk about heroics, and I try not to overuse that word, but in this case, I think it applies,” Maalouf told the paper. “For her to act fast, while others were in shock, she made a quick assessment and potentially saved this child’s life.”

Renaghan told the paper she learned CPR about 20 years ago while she was training to be a camp counselor. “I was just so glad I could help,” she said.

“It was overwhelming,” said the boy’s mother, Lisa McGreevy. “You never think it’s going to happen to your kids.”

Lisa McGreevy said her son will wear a protective shirt, also known as a heart guard, under his jersey for future games. The $50-$100 shirts are not required equipment for most youth baseball teams.

“These are little kids, they are playing an adult game,” she said.

Ian will be returning to school Tuesday, and he has a simple message for the mom who gave him CPR.

“Thank you for saving my life,” he said.

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Nurse Save Soccer Player after Ball Hit Chest

Posted by cocreator on September 30, 2013
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A football player owes his life to a spectator.

Mark Martin the Saviour

Mark Martin the Saviour

Lee Orton collapsed with a heart attack as the new Huddersfield District League season kicked off this week.

As his heart stopped for several minutes he was saved by a former nurse, who happened to be watching the game.

“I’m just so glad I was able to help,” said modest hero Mark Martin, who was helped by Aimbry player Simon West.

Mr Martin, 52, carried out cardiac massage on the stricken player for more than 10 minutes in a bid to keep the blood flowing, before Lee was resuscitated by rapid response paramedics armed with a defibrillator.

Last night, 30-year-old Lee was on the mend in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Lee Orton the Survivor

Lee Orton the Survivor

The man who saved him had gone to watch his two sons, Andrew and Chris, play for Brook Motors at Aimbry’s Bradley Mills home.

Lee was playing in the Aimbry side after being given the all-clear by doctors, having had treatment for previous heart problems.

But he collapsed after 25 minutes of the game. He was hit in the chest by the ball and went down.

Mr Martin said: “It was Chris who realised the lad was in trouble and I saw he wasn’t breathing well. I went across while someone phoned for an ambulance and realised his heart had stopped.

“Thinking back it was a frightening moment but the adrenaline kicked in and I began heart massage.

“It seemed to go on for ages and someone said it was at least 10 minutes before the paramedics arrived.

“They immediately got out an ECG machine and it showed the lad had no heartbeat, but they shocked him once with the defibrillator and he came round.

“Before they took him away he was able to talk and I’m just glad I was there to help.”

Mr Martin works as a builder alongside son Chris, but spent years working as a practice nurse in Skelmanthorpe.

He lives in Emley with wife Christina and is an experienced triathlete.

And he hopes the drama of Wednesday night will prompt others involved in sport to consider getting basic CPR training.

Aimbry secretary Conway Shaw, said: “It was very frightening. Lee was struggling to breathe and was obviously in a bad way.

“They got Lee into the recovery position and then on his back. They made sure his tongue was clear of his throat and then began CPR.They were really working hard on his chest to try and keep him breathing.

“Someone had called for an ambulance and we were lucky that the game was at Barr Street in Bradley Mills, where the ambulance was able to drive straight on to the pitch.”

He said Lee had suffered from heart problems in the past but had been under treatment and the doctors said he was fine to resume playing.
“It was a really frightening situation, almost like the Fabrice Muamba situation when he was playing for Bolton Wanderers at Tottenham, Hotspur, and had a heart attack.

“It stresses how vital it is to have people with first-aid knowledge at games.”

Brook Motors’ secretary Trevor Smeaton said: “We are glad the lad seems to be okay.

“Mark has had nursing experience through his work in the past and knew exactly what to do.

“Mark worked really hard to keep the lad breathing by massaging his heart to keep it going.”

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Teamwork Save Teen during Little League Game

Posted by cocreator on April 19, 2012
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A Colonie father was thankful Monday night for all the people who saved his 11-year-old boy’s life.

The young boy’s heart stopped after he was struck in the chest by a pitch during a little league game Monday night.

As we understand from the boy’s father his son is recovering at Albany Medical Center. He says he’s going to be just fine. Things could have been much worse if it were not for the quick action of the Colonie Little League.

“I just want to thank the coaches from Colonie little league,” said Mark Mendrick.

Words alone cannot express how he feels about the people who rushed to his son’s aid when the boy collapsed on the little league field at Cook Park in Colonie Monday night.

His 11-year-old boy went into cardiac arrest after he was hit in the chest by pitch during a little league game.

Prevratil, who also was the coach of the other team, was the first to begin CPR.

“There was no panic from anyone, no hysteria,” Prevratil said. “Everyone did exactly what they were supposed to do.”

The boy’s coach, Mike Martin, bolted from the dugout and realized the boy was having trouble breathing, Prevratil said.

When Prevratil saw the boy’s coach needed further assistance, he rushed from his own dugout. On his way to home plate, he heard someone from the stands shout, “Call 911!”

While Martin and Prevratil tended to the boy, he slipped out of consciousness. That’s when Prevratil began CPR.

Prevratil said he performed chest compressions for only about 30 seconds before police arrived.

Colonie Police officer Brian Curran was the first on the scene, and he continued CPR for another minute before the EMT team reached the boy with a defribrillator, Colonie Police Lt. Robert Winn said.

The boy’s heart restarted while he still was lying in the batter’s box, Prevratil said, and he was taken away by ambulance.

EMT’s took over using a defibrillator. They resuscitated the boy and rushed him to Albany Medical Center. Cardiologist doctor Jim O’Brian says what happened to the young player is extremely rare.

“He’s the classic age. It occurs in young boys when the pitch is hard but not so hard,” said O’Brian.

O’Brian says that causes agitation of the heart where the ball hits the chest at exactly the wrong time — disrupting the regular heartbeat. The boy, we’re told is lucky to be alive and doing ok.

“He’s got some hurdles to go. The rest of the kids are taking it fairly well. Some are too little to understand,” said Mendrick.

Meanwhile, Mendrick says he’s received emails from little leagues across the country, wishing for a speedy recovery.

His father told NewsChannel 13, the boy is already sitting up and asking when is he going to be back on the field.

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Coaches & Nurse Save Teen Lacrosse Player

Posted by cocreator on June 16, 2011
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Rome Free Academy lacrosse coaches Guy Calandra and Jeremy Roberts were running the lacrosse tryouts for about 50 10th-graders at Fayetteville-Manlius High School , including Sophomore Dan Cochran, when the incident happened at about 6:30 p.m. Calandra said he was about five feet away when he saw Cochran take the blow from the shot.

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Cochran turned his body in anticipation of the contact. The lacrosse ball struck him in the rib cage underneath his chest protector. Calandra said Cochran fell face forward to the ground.

“When I got to look at him, I could just tell,” Calandra said. “I said to him, ‘Hey, are you OK? Look at me. What’s your name?’ He couldn’t respond. I yelled for 911 and Jeremy.”

Cochran’s breathing was labored. Roberts was at the opposite end of the field working with other players. The second time Calandra called his name, Roberts said he knew there was a crisis. He sprinted to the other end of the field to begin CPR on Cochran.

Roberts, 36, has worked as a lifeguard since he was 16 and been a certified trainer for the last five years. Calandra is trained in CPR as well. Calandra began a series of 30 compression pumps on Cochran’s chest. Roberts performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

The mother of another player trying out for the 11th-grade team approached the scene. She said she was a registered nurse and asked Calandra if he needed her to take over. She did and performed a series of compression pumps.

Fayetteville-Manlius High School certified trainer Cyndi Kelder rushed to the scene with a defibrillator. Even though this was not a school event, she had been hired to work the tryouts by Tom Hall, the longtime F-M lacrosse patriarch and the founder of the Upstate Risings event.

Kelder said Cochran had no pulse when she hooked him up to the defibrillator. The machine told her what to do next — apply the pads and shock the player. She did. The blast got Cochran’s heart pumping in rhythm again.

“I’ve been doing this awhile now,” said Kelder. “I’ve never had to open up (the defibrillator) other than checking it and for maintenance. It was one of those moments.”

Sirens from local ambulances and fire trucks wailed in the distance. Multiple rescue trucks pulled onto the field. Roberts kept yelling encouragement to Cochran.

“Hang in there, buddy,” he said. “Hang in there.”

Cochran was beginning to respond. Calandra asked him how he felt. He told the coach his arm was sore. It was a sweet response.

The magnitude of their efforts hit hard later in the night. Calandra said he could barely talk, much less feel. Roberts said he hugged his wife, Becky, and broke into tears. The nurse who assisted on the field broke into tears when she saw her son after tryouts. She said it all hit home. That could have been her son, she said.

F-M boys lacrosse coach Chris Kenneally said he was witness to a tragedy at Hobart some 30 years ago when a player died on the field after being struck in the chest by a shot. He vowed that would never happen again and said the school is vigilant and ready with its supply of defibrillators and trainers.

Hall said had this happened at the Empire State Games, there would have been no trainers or defibrillators because of cost cuts.

“We prepare for this type of thing,” Hall said. “I was so impressed with the (RFA) staff and (F-M) trainer. I’ve seen some serious situations over the years. This has to be at the top of the list.”

“Even though we’re all trained, it was nice to have more hands,” Calandra said. “It went well. It could have been horrible.

“I hope I don’t ever have to do it again, I’ll tell you that.”


Jamesville-DeWitt High School sophomore Dan Cochran returned to school on Friday, a day after he was released from University Hospital and two days after he was revived by CPR and a defibrillator. He was taken to University Hospital, but released less than a day later with only a bruise and a hospital bracelet as outward signs of how close he’d come to death.

Dan Cochran the Survivor

“He went to shoot, and I tried to turn to get out of the way. It didn’t really work,” Daniel said. “I think I probably took like two steps. I tried to yell, and then I just fell on my face.”

“It hit him at the perfect timing,” said Danielle Boland, Daniel’s mother. “It had stopped his heart.”

Daniel’s father, Sean Boland, has worked for Rural Metro for 20 years and he’s given CPR on the phone hundreds of times. Now, he saw coaches were performing the procedure on his son. “I saw the fire trucks and ambulance and police go by and I said to myself, boy I hope that’s not Daniel,” he said.

Then, a certified athletic trainer jump-started his heart with an automated external defibrillator.

“It worked to perfection, as it should,” said F-M Athletic Director Rich Roy. “Coaches, these are all high school coaches. They’re trained in first aid and CPR and AED.”

Thursday is Danielle Boland’s birthday. She says she’s very grateful for the gift of life being restored to her son. “They brought him back to us. Because, if it wasn’t for them, he wouldn’t be here,” she said.

“It’s kind of mind boggling. One minute I’m on the verge of death and the next minute I’m being discharged,” Daniel Cochran said.

Daniel says he will undoubtedly return to the lacrosse field. “I love the game, I love it,” he said.

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Coach Save Teen during Ice Hockey Game

Posted by cocreator on December 24, 2010
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A 15-year-old ice hockey player is fighting for his life after a ‘freak’ accident caused him to collapse on the ice when a puck struck him in the chest.

Tyler Symes’s heart stopped but his quick-thinking trainer, a part-time nurse, was luckily able to resuscitate the Milford High School forward on the ice.

Andy Hutson the Saviour

Jodi White has been praised by the teenager’s parents after she dashed on to the rink, reaching him in seconds, before using a portable defibrillator and administering an electric shock to save him.

Paramedics continued to perform CPR, and rushed him to Marlborough Hospital, and then to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

‘Jodi was outstanding,’ Robert Tremblay, superintendent at Milford High School, said.

He also praised the school’s athletic director, Rich Piergustavo, for providing annual CPR training to the athletic staff.

The incident, which happened on Monday during a game, has left Mr Symes in a critical condition.

However hopes have been raised at UMass Memorial Medical Center, as he can breathe without the use of a ventilator.

His school team were playing Nipmuc Regional High School at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Paul Galipeau, the teenager’s uncle, said: ‘It’s just a freak accident. It’s what they do all year long: play hockey. ‘He got hit with the puck and skated over to the bench, fell down and they administered CPR right there on the ice.

‘I don’t think [the accident] will deter him from getting back out on the ice. Only time will tell.

‘The family’s holding up. It’s a big family, we’ll pull together. Thoughts are with Tyler getting better.’

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